The Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, 10 Volumes
July 7, 2017
What's not to love about the 'expanded Kittel'. These are a true treasure, especially for the person who commands the original Scriptural languages, and for whom etymology and philolgy, e.g., are working terms... The Word's treasures and insights, in other words, as entire an understanding of the Word as human reason can penetrate outside of direct revelation lie before You, and increased then only by decades of devotion and study, where Your own Love toward GOD, Love in gratitude for the Grace and Mercy inherent in Jesus's Free Gifts to us, takes on the character of Constant Prayers of Thanksgiving!!!
One further note: my judgments concern the quality of historical lexicographical scholarship. I will leave to God the condemnation and judgment for sins. I reckon my own sins at least the equal of any others; and i doubt that God sees much innocence in human politics; especially those attempting te earn the favor of God and the apporval of like minds by declarations of Self-righteousness concerning the sins of others...
I was tempted to buy this set, but something about the author's name bothered me. When I looked it up, I remembered who he was. Gerhard Kittel was captured by the French in 1945, and he died in 1948 while awaiting trial for war crimes. He was an ardent Nazi, and advocated persecution of German Jews well in advance of the publication of Germany's anti-Semitic legislation. Much of this work was written while Kittel was actively involved in supporting the Nazi party, in producing anti-Semitic propaganda, and in providing theological justification for the persecution of the Jews. That makes the "theology" of this work very suspect. The late William F. Albright, an outstanding Biblical scholar, wrote of Kittel that, ""In view of the terrible viciousness of his attacks on Judaism and the Jews, which continues at least until 1943, Gerhard Kittel must bear the guilt of having contributed more, perhaps, than any other Christian theologian to the mass murder of Jews by Nazis." Given that, I chose not to purchase this set.